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The Hitler Émigrés: Their Impact on British Artistic and Cultural Life Daniel Snowman Wednesday 06 November 2019

What do these have in common: The Penguin Pool at London Zoo; the Glyndebourne and Edinburgh Festivals; the publishers Phaidon and Thames & Hudson; Pevsner's Buildings of England; "The Red Shoes" and the Amadeus Quartet? Each was created by émigrés from Central Europe who found refuge in Britain.  Artists, architects, film makers, musicians, publishers, historians, psychologists and scientists: all brought something of their continental legacy to Britain.  Their collective talent was enormous and their influence far in excess of their numbers.  This lecture provides a colourful and provocative introduction to the art and culture of our own times.

Daniel Snowman is a writer, broadcaster and professional lecturer, also an author of over a dozen books on social and cultural history.  He has degrees from Cambridge and Cornell and lectured at the University of Sussex, he was later Chief Producer, BBC Radio (Features).  Since 2004 he has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London).  His recent books include The Hitler Émigrés: The Cultural Impact on Britain of Refugees from Nazism and The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera.  He has also led over 50 tours to many of the world's great cultural capitals, and presented lecture courses at the V&A and elsewhere on the history of opera.

Image:   The Penguin Pool, London Zoo.  Architect Berthold Lubetkin

Source:  Gillfoto, Wikimedia Commons